SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. - Daron Rahlves isn’t surprised by the comments or behavior of Olympic teammate Bode Miller.
Rahlves said Miller spends much of his time partying and “trying to look for girls.”
“For him to go out and party, that’s nothing new. He does that all the time,” Rahlves told the Reno Gazette-Journal.
“He doesn’t just do it at the Olympics, he does it all year.”
Rahlves said he wasn’t bothered by personal criticism from Miller, who poked fun at his fellow U.S. Ski Team member for taking the Olympics too seriously.
“It’s been an awesome two weeks,” Miller told The Associated Press last week. “I got to party and socialize at an Olympic level.”
“Look at what happened to Rahlves,” Miller said. “He was holed up in his RV; he’s probably the fittest guy out here, and he made a point of talking about how important the Olympics were to him ... And he’s got nothing to show for the whole thing.”
The 32-year old Rahlves, of Truckee, Calif., was the favorite in the downhill but finished 10th and also failed to medal in his other two events. Miller didn’t medal, either.
“You live the way you want to live your life, and I don’t want to go out late and stay out late all night,” said Rahlves, who finished third Sunday at the Professional Skiing and Snowboarding World Championships at Squaw Valley USA. “I’ve got a wife I want to hang out with.
“I have way more than Bode has as far as a life, I think. He just goes around trying to look for girls all the time. That’s his biggest thing.”
Rahlves said he was disappointed in his showing at the Olympics.
“It’s one of those things. I didn’t pull it off. But I can walk away saying I gave it my best shot.”
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